Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bobby Bradford comes to Dallas on March 24th

Legendary trumpeter Bobby Bradford, who played with Fort Worth expats Ornette Coleman and John Carter, comes to Beefhaus, 885 Exposition Ave. in Dallas, on Monday, March 24th. He'll be leading a quartet including Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (bass), Frode Gjerstad (alto sax), and Frank Rosaly (occupying the drum chair normally held by Pal Nilssen-Love in this unit), with Yells At Eels opening.

Bradford played with Ornette in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Sadly, the recordings they made for Atlantic were lost in a fire, but you can hear Bradford on OC's albums Science Fiction and Broken Shadows. He co-led a quartet with Carter from 1970 until the clarinetist's death in 1991. In the last decade, I've heard him on Nels Cline's Andrew Hill homage New Monastery (Cline composed a piece dedicated to Bradford that he recorded with Dennis Gonzalez on 1991's The Earth and the Heart) and the archival Midnight Pacific Airwaves on Entropy. This is a gig not to miss.


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